Lendale White, Terrel Owens, TJ Housh, Javon Kearse and Derrick Mason all know not to mess with the Terrible Towel. Cleveland Brown fans have learned not to run onto the field during a Steelers game. Hollywood Henderson learned that insulting the Steelers HOF quarterback was unwise. Yet some people don't subscribe to the axiom:
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
The latest casualty of Steeler's Karma after the jump...
I'll have to admit that I giggled just a bit when I saw that Warren Sapp had to declare bankruptcy. I never liked the U, either corporately or as individuals. From Jimmy Johnson to Michael Irvin, they all came off as self-aggrandizing, ungentlemanly, cocky punks. Warren Sapp loved the U and still does... strike one.
The Tampa Bay Bucs were pretty good for a while and in 2002 the Bucs thought they were ready to challenge the Steelers for the mantle of toughest team in the NFL. During pre-game warm-ups of a December 23, 2002 Monday Night Football game at Raymond James Stadium, Warren skipped among the Pittsburgh Steelers players during their pre-game warmups. Steelers running back Jerome Bettis shoved Sapp, and this was followed by a heated argument between the two teams. Strike two... and by the way, the Steelers punked the eventual super bowl winners (you think the raiders would have changed some of their plays) 17-7.
On the episode debuting Wednesday night, Sapp said of the Steelers, via Michael McCarthy of USA Today: “I have three things: Old, slow, and it’s over.”
“James Harrison told us that he was 70-to-75 percent,” Sapp said. “It looked more like 40 percent to me if you are looking at the ballgame I was looking at. And Hines Ward, Mercedes Sapp can cover Hines Ward right now. You have to be kidding me. . . . Mercedes is my 13-year-old daughter. She will cover Hines Ward in a heartbeat. And Troy Polamalu, Ed Dickson runs this crossing route. Troy Polamalu is trying to grab him to have a pass interference and he can’t even get close enough to grab him. [It] looked like he was dragging a wagon behind him. Touchdown Baltimore. Pittsburgh Steelers done.” STRIKE THREE.
Sapp as an analyst is all hat, no cowboy. His piling on of the Steelers was just what I'd expect from him as opposed to thoughtful analysis and understanding of the talent, coaching and heart of a team. And while he's a terribly bad analyst, he's an even worse businessman. He makes over $115,000 per MONTH for goodness sake. And from 2000 - 2007 he made $43.6 Million... He probably made another $10Million the first 5 years of his career too. Assets listed in his filing are instructive and include 240 pairs of Air Jordans and a lion skin rug. Worse yet are his delinquent child support and alimony .
So while you may have won a Super Bowl, attended a prestigious college and scored a cushy job as a sports analyst, you CANNOT escape misfortune if you mess with the Pittsburgh Steelers. And in this instance, it couldn't have happened to a better guy.